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Archives and Special Collections Exhibit: Dorothy Cooper-Foote







Emmy-nominated screenwriter Dorothy Cooper Foote was born in Vermillion, SD in 1911. She was also a USD alum who graduated in 1933 with a degree in journalism. After moving to California she soon began to work her way up the ranks at Universal Studios. Under the name Dorothy Cooper, she wrote such films as "On an Island With You," "Small Town Girl," "A Date With Judy" and the TV shows "Father Knows Best," "My Three Sons," "Gidget," "Love on a Rooftop," "The Flying Nun" and "Hazel." Ms. Foote was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the Robert Young TV series "Father Knows Best." She was also nominated for a Writer's Guild Award as the co-writer of the Esther Williams film "On an Island With You."


Dorothy wrote the first episode for Father Knows Best and won a number of awards for the series, including the Sylvania Award for outstanding achievement in creative television technique. She would also receive two Emmy Award writing nominations and win the Television-Radio Writers Award for An Old Flame, the best script for episodic comedy in 1959-1960.